Our priorities

Supporting growth sectors - internationalisation

In a highly competitive world our businesses and sectors need to be able to measure up against the very best and to identify and pursue growth opportunities in countries around the globe.

At the same time it is important that an international profile of the region as a highly attractive place for businesses and people to locate and develop is actively promoted. Our “International Highlands and Islands” initiative will bring an enhanced focus to the work of creating greater global ambition and will be further informed as Scotland’s new International Framework is developed.

Our activities will include:

  • Given the correlation between internationalisation and business performance, we will provide an extensive range of support for businesses, whether existing, new or potential exporters. We will aim to increase export activity by 50% by 2020.
  • Assist organisations to attend international trade shows and exhibitions, particularly associated with our priority sectors and provision of international marketing events and country opportunity awareness seminars.
  • Maximise, for the benefit of organisations in the region, the resources available through our partnership with SDI and UKTI, including access to SDI’s in-market staff in 29 offices in 17 countries around the world.
  • Encourage the formation of innovative exporting mechanisms such as our current Food and Drink Collaboration initiative for small scale premium producers.
  • Raise the profile of the region, its distinctive attributes and opportunities on the international stage.
  • Seek to attract inward investment which complements our indigenous company base and creates new employment.
  • Promote the region’s globally recognised and innovative social economy, through partnerships across Europe and beyond.
  • Influence the development of connectivity into the region with a focus on air routes to international hub airports.
  • Encourage the internationalisation of the Universities sector, both through overseas teaching and research opportunities and growing an international student cohort in the region.
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